Temecula Wedding Braves the Heat and Comes Up Shining With Love

Santannah and Mitch had the most gorgeous boho wedding at Galway Downs in Temecula, CA. It was a record breaking 116 degrees that day, but these two handled the heat with such grace. Their amazing wedding location, an equestrian center surrounded by the beautiful So Cal countryside, made for a gorgeous backdrop to their special day!

Wedding Venue Spotlight: Galway Downs:

Galway Downs is a venue lie no other! This equestrian center turned special event venue offers beautiful rolling hills and lots of beautiful, natural, locations for you to celebrate in!

Carriage House: With its own unique and historic character, The Carriage House at Galway Downs is the perfect venue for rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, farewell brunches and more. The romantic setting will bring a magical sense of intimacy to your ceremony or event and a timeless, charming atmosphere you’re sure to treasure.

Oak Falls: Perfectly tucked privately beneath shady trees The Oaks Falls at Galway Downs offers the perfect spot for “I do.” Surrounded by perfectly manicured grass and the sound of the tranquil waterfall this ceremony site is nothing short of luxurious. This is the outdoor ceremony people dream of.

The Meadows: Imagine your ceremony under cascading trees near a flowing stream and peaceful pond of lily pads. The Meadows at Galway Downs offers a majestic backdrop of lush greenery and a tranquil garden feel. Say ‘I do’ amidst vast horizons and majestic surroundings.

Reception Venue: Galway Downs//Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu//Dress Designer: Grace Loves Lace//Apparel: Mens Wearhouse//Makeup Artist:Salon De La Mariee//Floral Designer:Floral Sensations Riverside//DJ: Austin Murray Entertainment//Event Planner: Galway Downs//Bakery: Sugar Divaz Bake Shoppe//Photographer: Leah Marie Photography//

San Diego Mountain Wedding in Julian Celebrates Charm, Amazing Views and Pie!

Here comes the slight sweet clear feeling in the air that say Fall is coming! This is the time where San Diegans’ hearts and minds travel east to Julian for crispy evenings, beautiful mountain vistas, and, of course, pie! Today to celebrate the beginning of Fall you need not make the trek to the mountains as we show off this utterly charming Julian wedding! Allee and Taylor met at college orientation when they were freshmen at California Polytechnic-San Luis Obispo, and as graduation neared, the couple knew they were meant to be together. So when they married in April, they chose a location in the mountains east of San Diego, reminiscent of the mountainous Lake Tahoe area where Allee grew up. Among their favorite memories of their wedding day were reading their vows, which ended up being almost the same in wording even though the couple didn’t discuss them beforehand, and when Taylor got a little flustered after cutting the wedding pie, Allee shares that he ate her piece by mistake! They also loved their circle arch, beautifully decorated by their florist.

Wedding experts will tell you that although San Diego has an amazing year long ‘wedding season’ of fabulous weather and options, September, October and November are the most popular wedding months for good reason. Happy Fall San Diego!

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San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight: Sacred Mountain Julian

Sacred Mountain is located in the quaint historical town of Julian in Southern California and is a short drive from San Diego. Sacred Mountain consists of two unique ranches; Sacred Mountain Retreat and Sacred Mountain Private Ranch.  Each of these two private ranches have distinct rustic elegance and charm.  Our property is “awnatural” in beauty, extremely private and with a dreamy atmosphere of  character and tranquility. This country estate celebrates four seasons with distinct natural beauty creating perfect spaces for your wedding vision!

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photography: Classic Photographers
Wedding Venue: Sacred Mountain Julian
Catering: Jeremy’s on the Hill
Pie: Candied Apple Café
Flowers: Florals by Maher Haroun
Signage: Yuki Ishii
Invitations: DIY
Hair and Makeup: Say I Do Updos

A Secret Garden Theme and Two People Overflowing with Love Make for a Wedding to Remember

We just love featuring weddings that show this much love! Especially when our favorite wedding pros had the honor in sharing in the love all day too. Check out this perfect sunny day San Diego wedding with two people so in love [love their first peek around the corner images!] it will make you feel it too!

Says San Diego wedding photographer Paul Douda, “We cannot say enough wonderful things about Katie & Stormie. Spending the day with them, their family and friends was nothing short of magical. Their love for one another is inspiring and represented so vividly with those who surrounded them. This madly in love couple fully committed to their 'Secret Garden' theme that was carried throughout their whole wedding planning process. From Stormie's proposal to Katie during the 'Garden of Lights' Christmas celebration at the Encinitas Botanical Gardens, to their engagement session we shot at Felicita County Park in Escondido, and finally to their romantic garden inspired wedding by the sea in Oceanside at Spring Hill Suites by Marriott. Katie & Stormie's day was full of so many special family details. They were married by Stormie's Aunt Liz, Katie's sisters completed her bridal party, they shared a double father-daughter dance and we know they were joined in spirit by Stormie's late mother and Katie's late second mom. The day was perfect and we are so honored to have captured it. They truly showed that love surely WINS in #KatiesPerfectStorm!” Editor’s Note: Paul Douda Photography is one of So Cal’s favorite LGBTQ friendly wedding photographers and you can sure see why! #loveislove

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ's House//Ring Designer:Weisfield Jewelers//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Men's District//Dress Store:Poppy & Rose Bridal//Dress Designer:Justin Alexander//Makeup Artist: Mobile Beauty Team//Musicians:Celeste Barbier Events//Cake Designer:Kiki's Custom Confections//Caterer:Hello Betty//Floral Designer: Kendra's Floral Design//Cinema and Video:Paul Douda Photography//Reception Venue:SpringHill Suites by Marriott//Photographer: Paul Douda Photography//

Beachfront Destination San Diego Wedding Captures all the Love and Fun

We love all the happiness and beachside fun that is apparent in Danielle and Larry’s Point Loma wedding! This engaging couple decided to get married in their hometown of San Diego on the Navy Base at Oceans View of Ballast Point. They wanted a rustic beach theme wedding that was both simple and classic. Their photographer Paul Douda was so impressed with what they delivered especially considering they planned their wedding mostly apart and out of the country! Joined by their friends and family, Danielle & Larry celebrated their love for one another at their stunning beach setting in San Diego. Enjoy!

Danielle & Larry met online unexpectedly while they were both serving their country overseas. Larry was in Kuwait about to return to the U.S. and Danielle was gearing up for her second tour of duty in Spain. According to them, the timing was horrible and neither of them expected to meet their soulmate online while in the service! While on vacation together in Tromso, Norway over New Years 2017, Larry decided to propose to Danielle. Seeing the Northern Lights had always been on their bucket list and Larry couldn't think of a more perfect way to ask Danielle to be his wife. In Danielle's words, "One evening, we drove out of the city into the surrounding fjords to get a better look at the lights. They were stunning, truly breath taking. We stopped to get a picture of us with the lights, he usually sets up the camera as I stand in front of the camera so he can focus it and fix the settings. My back was turned towards him because I was looking up at the lights, I heard him walking up behind me in the snow, but I noticed it was taking him a bit longer than usual. Once he got next to me, he kneeled down, pulled out the ring, and asked me to marry him." 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Etsy Designer: Creative Amme//Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie//Etsy Designer:AxMen (Grooms Ring)//Ring Designer:Ice Carats//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Express//Dress Store: Nordstrom//Beauty: Lightly Brushed Makeup//Makeup Artist: Lightly Brushed Makeup//DJ: Dancing DJ Productions//Cake Designer:Shirley the Cake Lady//Cake Designer: The Cake Lady//Event Planner:Dina Ibarra (Friend of Bride)//Ceremony Location:Ocean View at Ballast Point//Photographer: Paul Douda Photography

This Sweet Safari Park Wedding Proves this Unique Locale is the Ultimate Setting for a Day Full of Wonder

A Sweet Safari Park wedding proves that the breathtaking San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the Kijamii Overlook is the ultimate setting for a day full of wedding wonder (and leopards, giraffes and elephants!!)! Photographed by Brant Bender, this wedding captures so much fun and joie de vivre! Says Brant" For me, what I remember most was just how kind everyone was and how much fun they had. They truly loved everything from the animal presentation the Safari Park provided to the party Vynce the DJ threw them! They also were able to incorporate their own dog in their cake design which was fantastic. I also remember their first look as a very special. It’s not easy to find an intimate spot at the Park but we found the perfect one and they were able to share an emotional moment with each other. And of course, I was happy because they were game for finding new photo spots with me!  The day flowed flawlessly thanks to Kathleen and Safari Park provided the wonderful backdrop (and animals!)." It's obvious from these magical photos that Brant preserved this lovely couple's vision of love and life perfectly. 

Not only was this a day full of wonder but the celebration turned into a night full of fun! Popular San Diego DJ Vynce Pham of Music Phreek tells us “Sam and Stephanie were the absolute dream couple to work for because they not only knew what they wanted their music soundtrack story to be, but also how to present it visually to their family and friends. Having your wedding at the Safari Park in itself is unique, but having the wild animals as part of the backdrop, entertainment and decor is priceless! The entire team of vendors worked amazingly well together to insure that the day ran smoothly and flawlessly. I couldn't have wished for a better team to be a part of. The Sam and Stephanie were always so pleasant and more than willing to share their time taking pics, sitting and chatting with guests.  Once the formalities were over and the dancing started, everything kicked up a notch! The dance floor was full and everyone vibed so well to their song selections. I think it'd be fair to say it truly was the best night of their lives.”  Thanks for sharing your take on this lovely wedding Vynce -  we know from experience that the right DJ really makes an already wonderful wedding all the more memorable! 

San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight: San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the Kijamii Overlook: 

Transport your guests to an African safari and delight in panoramic views of the savanna where giraffes, rhinos, and gazelles roam. This unique venue is reminiscent of a South African lodge, with open rafters, a baobab tree bar and lovely safari-inspired accents. Exchange your vows on the sweeping lawn with the awe-inspiring beauty of the African Plains around you, dine and dance in safari elegance.  Kijamii is Swahili for "social", an appropriate name for the Safari Park's newest gathering spot to mingle with your guests around the fire pit as the sun sets.    

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Event Planner: Nicole George Events

Photographer: Brant Bender Photography

Venue: San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the Kijamii Overlook

Florist: Simply Adina Florals

Hair and Makeup Stylist: Susie Beyer McCartney

Caterer: San Diego Safari Park

Cake & Desserts: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. 

DJ: Music Phreek DJ & Lighting

Extra style bonus: This wedding was on St. Patrick's Day so adding in just the right amount of green made the day extra festive and fun, bringing the couple the luck of the Irish!!  

Magical San Diego Wedding Weathers Rain and Sunshine with Style!

Linda and Edgar had a rainy and cold wedding week – even in Southern California -- but the sun came out for the ceremony and reception. “Everything was so magical,” Linda says. “We were so blessed. We could not ask for anything better!” 

After meeting at work and falling in love quickly, Edgar and Linda dreamed of a rustic and elegant wedding – like a fairy tale. Their favorite memories include their first dance and “just seeing everyone enjoying themselves.” With a color scheme of dusty rose and different shades of pink – including Linda’s reception dress -- as well as wooden details and strings of lights, and lots of magical bubbles to celebrate this magical day, the couple made their vision come true. In a sweet, unique touch, their guests wrote their wishes for Linda and Edgar on small river stones as keepsakes. What a lovely day to celebrate love with family and friends!

For couples getting married soon, Linda advises, “Remember to give yourself time to take everything in, and have your photographers take pictures of everything!”

San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight: Twin Oaks Weddings:

This secluded vintage venue features artistic and poetic gardens inspired by love, imagination and tranquility.

Nestled among tall forests, vibrant floral, and cascading streams, San Diego’s premiere wedding venue is host to one beautiful wedding per day and currently accepting reservations through 2020.

Once you stroll through the garden gates you will be surrounded by twinkling rose arbors, soothing waterfalls with lush established landscape that take you back to a time of the elegant English garden.

This turn of the century historic landmark estate is set in total seclusion with an Old San Marcos Schoolhouse dating back to 1891 nestled among a towering forest that dates back well over 100 years. The unique statuary, flora and fauna encompass every corner of this magnificent garden and it’s totally private garden gazebo are set in the shade of the landmark forest.

The grand tented pavilion showcases towering peaks of chiffon gathered over head with crystal chandeliers and intimate lighting. Surrounding it are cozy garden nooks and soothing sounds of the waterfalls setting a tone of peace and tranquility.

The Twin Oaks House (circa 1891) is exclusively restored as a wedding estate. With its Grand Parlor reserved for the bridal party, towering tin ceilings, fainting couches and rich antiquities make this an ideal space to relax before the wedding.

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Classic Photographers | https://classicphotographers.com/
Venue: Twin Oaks Garden Estate | https://twinoaksweddings.com/
Florist: Flowers by Erin | https://www.flowersbyerin.com/
Musician/DJ: Pete Goslow | https://www.petegoslow.com/
Dessert: Churros El Tigre | http://www.churroseltigre.com/
Makeup: Lyly and Stephanie Velazquez
Wedding Dress: Panache Bridal | https://www.panachebridals.com/
Officiant: Chad Richards | http://www.socalweddingofficiant.org/

Two Hearts Beat as One in this Lovely Romantic Hacienda Wedding

Rich colors, fabulous taste in styling and florals, a gorgeous outdoor setting with so much character and history and a couple madly in love! What's not to love about this featured wedding!! Brad & Erica are a beautiful, loving couple with [obviously] fantastic style and tons of personality that come through in their wedding photos. Their wedding in Santa Ana at The Hacienda was intimate, incredibly romantic, and a joy to behold.  

DJ: Extreme DJ Service//Event Designer: Christin Wilson Events//Location: The Hacienda//Apparel: Dreamers & Lovers//Floral Designer: Penelope Pots//Photographer: Aaron Monroe//

Elegant Temecula Winery Wedding Styled Shoot with 3 Couples is Rich in Black Tie Style

This gorgeous shoot styled by Katie Hammond Photography was a photographer's dream! Three amazing and very different couples, an elegant bridal party, over-the-top florals, beautiful roses, and even tablescapes with kale...every detail was bold and classically elegant. Each area of this expansive property gave a different feel to the shoot, yet managed to weave together to create one glorious finished product. From the pond with waterfall, to the Mediterranean inspired alfresco dining area, to the low hanging trees that feel as though you've been transported to Savannah Georgia, this day had everything! 

Couple #1 Black Tie Wedding Style; black tie all the way with beautiful wedding cake, bold invitation portfolio, kale centerpieces, and stunning bridesmaids dresses.

Couple #2 Black Tie Wedding Style; clean and simple bridal gown, a classic tux and some pretty nice moves!